South Island Line train arrives in Hong Kong

The first new metro train for MTR’s South Island Line (East) has arrived at the Siu Ho Wan Depot.

Changchun Railway Vehicles Co is building 10 three-car trains for the new line – one of several major rail projects being delivered in Hong Kong.

Construction work on the the South Island Line (East) – a medium-capacity metro line which will run for seven kilometres from Admiralty to South Horizons – is around 60 per cent complete.

The remaining trains of the new fleet are expected to be fully delivered over the next few months.

T C Chew, projects director of MTR Corporation, said: “A series of rigorous static and dynamic tests and a 5,000-kilometre test run have been conducted at the manufacturer’s factory.

“The delivered trains will go through repeated critical tests and integrated tests in Hong Kong in the coming months to make sure that the new train fleet is ready to serve on the South Island Line (East) with high performance in safety and operation.”

Further testing will be completed at Siu Ho Wan Depot before the first train is transported to Wong Chuk Hang Depot for final testing and commissioning later this year.